The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers
Five key elements from Saturday's edition of the Battle of Alberta!
Alex Tanguay is currently battling the flu and was unable to suit up for the third edition of the Battle of Alberta. Greg Nemisz benefited from the winger's absence as he slotted in on the Flames second line, playing with Rene Bourque and Brendan Morrison.
The coaching managed his minutes carefully, only throwing him out for 10 shifts. In his 6:26 of ice time, he had an even rating and had one shot miss the net. In six games with the Flames last year, Nemisz earned one assist and a minus-one rating.
Late in the first period, Miikka Kiprusoff inadvertantly kicked out a dump-in right on to left winger Ryan Jones' stick. Knowing Kiprusoff wasn't in position, he rifled off a shot far side thinking he had an easy goal. However, Kiprusoff snared the puck with his glove in a highlight-reel save.
Overall, the netminder made 21 saves in the win. He is now won eight straight against the Oilers in the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Midway through the second period, Olli Jokinen accidently smacked Ladislav Smid in the chops with his stick as he headed towards the bench and was sent to the sin bin for four minutes.
Just like in their last game against the Oilers, their penalty was picture perfect and they were able neutralize their provincial rivals potent power play easily.
The Flames power play at home has been picking up speed this month and they potted their fourth goal with the man advantage in their last three games.
Matt Stajan won a draw in the Oilers zone and sent it back to Derek Smith. The defenceman, who had of ice time on the power play, sent a shot on net and Tom Kostopoulos was able to chip it past Devan Dubnyk for his third goal of the season.
The captain looked like a man possessed on Saturday night and could have easily had four or five goals if it wasn't for the post and a couple of of excellent saves by Dubnyk.
Iginla scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season in victory, played 20:54, had three shots on net and won 57 percent of his faceoffs.